While adding another safety might not seem like the most pressing need on a team that still needs help in a variety of places (offensive line, cornerback, play caller, clock manager...), Houston signed two-time Pro Bowler Mike Adams this week.
The former undrafted free agent entered the league in 2004 with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s since seen stints with the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and, most recently, the Carolina Panthers.
Adams currently has 887 tackles, 6 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries, 30 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns over his illustrious career. Fitting the Bill O’Brien Swiss Army mold, Adams has spent time at both safety positions, cornerback, and on special teams throughout his time in the NFL.
Reports have Adams falling in love with Houston in Week One after a watching the opening tilt with the New Orleans Saints.
[I got] chills watching. I know, it didn’t come out how they wanted it to, but it shows promise in what this team can do. I would love to be a part of something like that, you know, I couldn’t see myself going to a different team that didn’t have a chance, if that makes sense. I would not go to a team that did not have a chance. It’s about winning and taking that next step. If you see the moves [Bill] O’Brien is making and all the things he is doing. He is focused on winning, and I am on board with that.
Having a wily veteran in the Texans’ secondary has certainly worked out in the form of Johnathan Joseph, another Pro Bowler with a long, fruitful career. If Adams can come in, help out young gun safety Justin Reid and productive vet Tashaun Gipson, and give defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel more options, this will go down as another solid personnel move by the Flat Houston Management System.
While Adams may have lost a step as he gets older, chances are, as with most long time defenders, he’s learned to compensate mentally for what’s eroded physically.
I just think I’m a little bit smarter than I was earlier in the game. I still can run. I’m smart. I just do the little things that a lot of people kind of neglect sometimes, but I keep myself in shape and stay ready. I stay ready, so I don’t have to get ready.
What do you think? Excited to have another potential playmaker on the team? Or do you think Adams is yet another older player who has very little to offer?